What Can You Do To Help Your Child Succeed In Kindergarten?… Part 4 (of 4)Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Alexander went to a sweet, “play-based” preschool (Ross Valley Nursery School). What he learned there was how to play with others. They worked with clay and paint and bugs and sand. They had snacks and practiced washing their hands, cleaning up after a project and putting their things away.
The children did not practice reading- they were read to. They did not recite numbers – they sang about them in songs. What was focused on was; self control, negotiation, managing behavior and interacting with other people.
You can take many steps to help your child prepare for kindergarten. For example:
Did you know that solid quantifiable studies have shown that a child who learns to read at age 4 is no more of a better reader that one who learns at age 7?
Encourage the development of basic skills. Work with your child to help him or her recognize letters, numbers and colors. Teach your child to say his or her name, address and telephone number.
Read, sing and play games with your child. Start reading to your child when he or she is an infant. Singing and playing rhyming games with your child also can encourage language development.
Limit screen time. Excessive television viewing limits the amount of time your child could spend learning.
Expose your child to learning experiences. Look for opportunities to broaden your child’s horizons, such as preschool. Take your child to the museum or enroll him or her in community art or science programs.
Encourage socialization. Promote your child’s social skills by encouraging him or her to play with children of both sexes.
Potty train your child. Aim to have your child using the toilet on his or her own well before the start of kindergarten.
Develop routines. Choose regular times for your child to eat, play and sleep each day. This will help your child know what to expect and what’s expected from him or her.
Keep your child healthy. Ensure that your child eats healthy foods, gets plenty of sleep and visits the doctor on a regular basis.
If you’re unsure of your child’s development or readiness for school, share your concerns with your child’s doctor. You might also ask friends, family members and other contacts for advice about helpful resources. Also, be sure to share information about your child’s development with his or her teachers so that you can help them prepare for your child’s needs.
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